An Afternoon in Hereford

After trying to catch the hares boxing early in the morning – with no success . Late afternoon was my next best chance to see if anything was going to happen, as it was only two separate hares turned up , the first was way out in the middle of a field of winter wheat , it could hear the camera’s shutter going even there , constantly looking across to where we were in the pickup.What happened next really surprised me , the hare looked our way and sprang up running directly towards us , only veering away yards from the vehicle.untitled shoot-082

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When it all comes together – Almost !

I spent Saturday in Hereford , its the end of February and the Hares now start to have mating on their mind, in some ways this makes life a bit easier for me as they’re not so wary. and there’s a good chance of some action shots , with them running around and boxing.

Saturday went well from the off with three Hares in one field and happy to stay there just moving around every now and then , we even had one come through the hedge behind us within ten feet – only to beat a hasty retreat as soon as it realised we were there !

Only one fly in the ointment, i forgot to check the settings on the camera , the record file size was set to small – aaaaarrrgh ! but as it was they turned out OK. Weirdly when i switched it to RAW the focus success hit rate went down, a topic of discussion for you Mr C.

 

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A gap in the weather

Saturday started off on a not too promising start , with early downpours and windy conditions. But later it brightened up and joy of joy – Blue Sky  – i nearly passed out !

The Hare thing wasn’t going too well with some missed opportunities , i had one come around a corner right in front of me , surprising the Hare and me !

Out on the fields one did the decent thing and sat still for a moment , a stroke of luck ,as most of the time you’re reacting to sudden surprises ,But each time i learn a bit more and think next time i’ll crack it !

Suprised Hare - taken by A surprised Photographer
Suprised Hare – taken by A surprised Photographer
Sitting Duck
Sitting Duck

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Ears on backwards
Ears on backwards

 

Wet and Windy

Perhaps not the best weather to be out in the open with a camera, but its better than being indoors wishing you’d gone out. Yesterday was pretty grim, with the occasional bright spell, (blink and you miss it !)

But although the weather was fairly grotty the Hares were still moving around, but i only managed to get close the one time when one came trotting down the track towards me, seeing me crouched in the hedge bottom at the last minute, less than six meters away , i know it was less than six meters because the lens wouldn’t focus – i’d set it to six meters plus – Damn!

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